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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 18-21

1 month ago

By Emily Ober

It’s time for back to school, but the fun doesn’t end here in Waco. Get out and enjoy community events with young professionals, gamers, artists and more with our guide to the top things to do in Waco this weekend.

Remember to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend as you show off your fun-filled weekend.

Through the Weekend

Rise and shine Gamers for the Rise ‘N Grind Super Smash Bros. Tournament at the Waco Convention Center August 19-22. Spend the weekend with fellow gamers and enjoy local BBQ, vendors and artists, lounge area and more. Sign up to compete for $60-$100 or spectate for $40. Find more information here.

MCC Theatre presents “The Way He Looks at You” by Trent Sutton, a local playwright with a talkback after each performance with the director, writer and actors. “The Way He Looks at You” is a look into the realities of gay marriage. Be aware of the content warning, as this play contains strong language and depicts domestic violence. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $18 for adults and can be purchased here.

Thursday – August 18

Click’s Billiards is celebrating 43 years of drinks and games with the biggest party of the year. The party starts at 11 a.m. at Clicks on Richland Drive. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a Kenny Chesney autographed guitar. For details, click here.

Happy Hour with fellow Millennials at the Waco Young Professionals August Happy Hour at Barnett’s Public House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The organization serves as a communal voice for the millennial workforce who not only aid the development of the Waco community but also lead it. Learn more about the organization here.

Join artist Wendy M. Davis at Maker’s Edge Makerspace for the Acrylic Painting on Canvas Workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. You’ll create your own piece of art on an 11”x14” canvas. Tickets are $50 per person and include all the supplies you’ll need. Sign up here.

Friday – August 19             

Join Professor Jonathan P. Miles, Ph.D. from Baylor’s Department of Biology as he discusses the biological potential of the many villains Batman has faced over the years, as a part of Mayborn Museum’s summer exhibit, “DC Super Heroes: Discover Your Superpower.” The program starts at 10 a.m., is included with museum admission ticket, and Baylor University students get in free. More information can be found here.

Spend the night with fellow gamers at the Nexus Esports overnight lock-in. Doors lock at Midnight and won’t open until 7 a.m. on Saturday. The $25 entry fee includes a 1 meat 1 cheese sandwich. They have plenty of equipment for everyone, but feel free to bring your own games and consoles for a fun night of multiplayer gaming. Children under 15 must have a parent or guardian with them. For more, visit their website here.

Saturday – August 20

Lemonade Day My Way teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business. It also builds social skills necessary to become a future entrepreneur. Starting at 8 a.m., Lemonade Day encourages kids of all ages to host their own lemonade stand in their own unique way while following health and safety guidelines in the Lemonade Day curriculum. To learn more and register your own lemonade stand, visit the Lemonade Day website.

Celebrate three years of the Eastside Market at Brotherwell Brewery, featuring local vendors and creatives. The Saturday night block party goes from 5-11 p.m. with live music, food trucks, giveaways, brews and more. Enjoy the good vibes with the community. For details, visit the website here.

Join YOUtopia Essentials for a night of painting with snacks and beverages provided. Tickets are $35 per person and include canvas, acrylic paints and brushes. Space is limited so reserve your spot here.

The best comedians of Texas converge at the Brazos Theatre for their monthly Stand-Up Comedy Showcase from 8-10 p.m. BYOB and get ready to laugh all night. Tickets cost $16.50 and can be purchased here.

Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, grab a flower for your hair and get ready for the Luau at Hemingway’s Watering Hole Tiki Party from 8-11:30 p.m. To learn more, visit their Facebook page here.

Sunday – August 21

Enjoy live music, art, graffiti battles, vintage fashion, food trucks and local vendors at the Eastside Market Evening at Brotherwell Brewing from 4-8 p.m. Find out more by visiting their website here.

Kick off football season at Sunday Funday with Coach’s Smoke BBQ from 6-11 p.m. DJ Suavesito is live from Hot Tejano The Party Station. Watch the game on 35 big screens with family and friends. For details, visit their Facebook page here.

Sunday Funday at Old Chicago’s patio with good food, drinks and live music from 8-11 p.m. To learn more, click here.

Live Music

  • Thursday, August 18
    • Stephany Chavira at Old Chicago, 6-8 p.m.
    • Mack Abernathy and Bob Arnold at Lakeside Bar, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Songwriter Thursday at the Backyard Bar, Stage and Grill, 7-10 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19
    • Jeremy Rowe at Sunday’s Caribbean Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 7-10 p.m.
    • Tyrha Lindsay & The Jazz-Funk Triad at Stay Classy Waco, 8 p.m.
    • Branded Heart at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20
    • Kyle Sinkule at Pivovar Waco, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • North of Navasota at MOJO, 7-11 p.m.
    • Keep Waco Loud Music Showcase at Freight Bar, 7-11 p.m.
    • Stephen Day at Common Grounds Waco, 8-9 p.m.
    • Chris Perez at Lakeside Bar, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
    • Sundae Drivers at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 21
    • Open Mic Night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke & Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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